Mother Nature-Train Of Thought: Week 06


https://www.nitinnairwrites.com/2018/01/06/mother-nature-train-of-thoughts-week-06/

This weeks prompt is MOTHER NATURE.

You can’t fight nature. If mother nature decides to go this way humans can’t go against it.

We, as humans keep on trying to change natures way without thinking about the consequences. My piece of writing happened in 2016. After the few horrific days, I’ve written it down as follows:

Earthquake

13/11/2016 and after

Sunday morning 10:30 am, I reported at Plateau School. Yearly Gala!  I was responsible for the bouncing castle, 11-1 o’clock.  It rained, stopped, drizzled and a bit of sunshine during those two hours.

The afternoon my children dropped in for a cup of tea. My border came home just after seven.

Sunday evening(13/11/2016) after a busy day, I went off to bed at about 10:30 not knowing what the night would bring two hours later.

I woke up just after 12 o’clock. My bed was swaying, Trompie, my dog, picked up his head. I felt the bed moving and the walls shaking. It sounded as if the house was going to collapse. Then Trompie gave a fierce bark. Earthquake! We jumped out of bed. I did not switch on the light and told Trompie to get out of the way. He kept close to me. I stood in the passage waiting for the worst.The shaking subsided.  I decided to go to the bathroom because nature was calling.

It kept on rolling underneath. We went back to bed. Then my border came out of his room. He got a message from his wife in Christchurch asking how he was. He told me that it had been the worst quake he had experienced.

We went back to bed. The whole night aftershocks kept on rolling underneath. One of my pot plants had tumbled to the floor, and my books on my bookshelf moved and nearly tumbled down.

Monday morning my alarm went off. I did my usual morning rituals.  My border told me that he could not go into Wellington. The news on the radio said that no trains were running and the roads into Wellington were closed down.

Just after seven, I received a call that there would be no Before School Care but the school would be open. I told the secretary that I would anyway go in case some parents had not received the message.

It is about ten minutes drive to school from my home. I arrived just before 7:30 am. At 7:45 am a board member came to check the building. He brought his two young children with him. While he checked the school, I kept an eye on the two boys. Then a parent turned up with his little girl. He had not read the message about Before school care being closed. I told him it would be okay; I would look after her and keep her safe.

Teachers started to arrive just before eight.

I went home at 8:15. Aftershocks kept coming and going. I went back to After School Care in the afternoon. There were twelve children till about 4.30 that afternoon.

Tuesday morning I went back for Before School care. It was wet; heavy torrential rain kept pouring down. I was so tired and did not feel up to going back for the afternoon session. Lucky for me the school called, I did not need to come because most children were picked up before lunchtime. Everybody was warned about the oncoming bad weather. The rain caused havoc with flooding and causing slips on the roads. Wellington was cut off. In the meantime, more earthquakes kept on coming and going. Two strong quakes shook us at 1.15 and 1.30 pm.

Now it is Wednesday evening, we survived another exciting day of tremors and a bit of dry weather. I am happy to say that I am well but tired.   Looking after children and keeping them all safe and content for the last three days was very stressful.

This happened a bit more than a year ago.

 

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Waiting: The Daily Post Photo Challange


Waiting for the rain to lift so that the Spring Festival in Upper Hutt could be dry this year. https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/upper-hutt-spring-festival/wellington-region

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It did not happen. Year after year we got rain and cold winds. Waiting for better weather did not help.

I had a Soroptimist business meeting 10 am Saturday morning. I took the photo from the window where we were sitting in the lounge. I thought that everybody was waiting for the sky to clear. It never did.

The Daily Post Photo Challenge says:

Share a snapshot that shows a sense of waiting.

Visit

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/waiting-2017/

for more information.

 

 

Autumn is showing it’s face!


 

 

Autumn is upon us here in New Zealand.

Leaves are changing colour.

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With the warm days and lots of rain,

toadstools came out

showing off their colourful heads.

Trompie had his last haircut before the cold is upon us!

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This morning everything is foggy.

From my doorstep.

We are expecting

Cyclone Cook.

It is already battering the Northern part of the North Island

and is slowly moving down south to us.

We are warned to stay inside,

have our emergency bags ready.

The next 48 hours is going to be tricky to everyone.

Winds of up to 160km p hour are expected and Lots of rain.

Cloudy next day: One Word Photo Challenge


Still CLOUDY

I have to put up the clouds of this morning after

yesterdays heavy downpours.

They expect more heavy rain this afternoon and tonight.

I took the clouds the same places as yesterday.

It is nearly 12:00 am and the rain is back!

Cloudy : One word photo Challenge


This week’s topic is Cloudy!

To participate:

Cloudy

Today was an extra cloudy day.

Rain, rain, rain.

Flooding, flooding, flooding

From my front door
From my front door
Back left
Back left
Back more to the right
Back more to the right
From my back deck
From my back deck

These clouds brought heavy torrential rain to lower parts of the North Island. Both State High Ways were closed due to slips and flooding. It is still raining heavily – 8:40 pm.

I have not seen the Hutt River as full as it is at the moment.

Luckily I live higher up the hill. The river won’t reach me.

Transport options as Wellington region is paralysed by slips and flooding gallery video

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/68543665/twenty-homes-evacuated-and-state-highway-2-now-badly-affected

One word photo challenge: RAIN


This week’s topic is Rain!

To participate:

After the rain there are rain drops everywhere!

Sunday Stills : CLOUDS + Skywatch Friday


We are really praying for rain here in New Zealand.

It is a bad drought at the moment.

The Hutt River is nearly running dry.

This morning dark clouds were starting at 7am

It is now 10:30 and there is a bit rain falling.

The weather report says “heavy rains expected”

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To take part in the Challenges visit.:
https://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-clouds-5/

http://skyley.blogspot.co.nz/2015/03/skywatch-friday-march-5-2015-edition.html